WND Plays Six Degrees of George Soros in Egypt

The Worldnutdaily, always eager to play a game of Six Degrees of George Soros (or Saul Alinsky), has an article full of conspiratorial overtones about Egypt. You see, one of the people mentioned as a potential transition leader in Egypt is Mohamed ElBaradei, who once served on the board of an organization with Soros. To the batshit cave, Batman:

Mohamed ElBaradei, the favored candidate to head a transitional government in Egypt, was a longtime member of a George Soros-funded “crisis” group with deep ties to the Middle East revolutions.

Soros himself is one of eight members of the executive committee of the International Crisis Group, or ICG.

ElBaradei suspended his board membership in the ICG in January 2011 after he returned to Egypt to help direct protests then led to the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak. ElBaradei was an early presidential candidate in the elections to replace Mubarak.

Now, ElBaradei is widely reported to be the favored candidate to head a transitional government after the military overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi.

“ElBaradei is our first choice,” a source close to the military high command, which selects the transition president, told Reuters.

ElBaradei is also the reported pick of the main alliance of liberal and left-wing parties youth groups that led the anti-Morsi protests.

He is a former United Nations nuclear agency chief and a Nobel Prize winner for his work as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

ElBaradei was also a longtime member of the ICG board alongside Soros.

Yes, ElBaradei is one of the most prominent advocates of liberal reform in Egypt, meaning he wants to diminish the influence of the Islamist parties and make Egypt a secular democracy. Gosh, that sounds great, doesn’t it? Isn’t that exactly what we should want? Isn’t that exactly what the Worldnutdaily should want, something other than a strongly Islamist government in Israel? Wouldn’t that be good for everyone, including Israel? Yes, obviously. So what exactly is the point of bringing up the Soros ties? They never get around to saying, of course. It’s all just implication, and since every single article they’ve ever written on Soros was about how he was an evil Marxist trying to take over the world, those implications are obvious. And quite bizarre.

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  • atheist

    Are American relations to foreign nations, then, merely externalizations of our personal concerns? WND columnists look at Egypt and see: culture wars (the same thing they always see at home). Western Skeptics look at Egypt and see: a fight against Theocracy (we are also inclined to see this everywhere).

    A military coup using a protest movement as a cover to remove a popularly elected theocrat? A potentially explosive, unpredictable situation to be sure. But just messy enough to be a Western Rorshach blot.

  • raven

    Egypt is an incredible mess and it will be very difficult for anyone to fix it. It may not even be fixable.

    1. Horrible demographics, Malthusian. 85 million people, the Nile no longer reaches the sea. The Nile delta is sinking and sea water is moving up the delta.*

    2. Egypt imports food, largest wheat importer in the world. They import diesel fuel. That by itself isn’t a disaster but they have to get foreign exchange to pay for it. Which isn’t happening right now.

    What doomed Morsi was incredilbe incompetence. He had to keep the imported food and energy coming in and was unable to do so. Both are in short supply. Prices are fixed and heavily subsidized**. But a lot is being sold on the black market for high prices.

    * It looks like Egypt will just abandon the delta where most people live. Already they are diverting the Nile upstream even though they already are short of water downstream.

    **The subsidies are probably a mistake but they can’t really stop them. Something like half of the Egyptian population lives on $2.00 a day and will starve without them.

  • matty1

    something other than a strongly Islamist government in Israel?

    If a strong Islamist government takes over Israel I think even George Soros might be surprised.

  • theguy

    “To the batshit cave, Batman”

    This phrase just made my day.

  • kermit.

    Didn’t Michele Bachman serve on the US Congress, where several friends of George Soros hold office? Can we really believe that is a coincidence? Hmm?


    Raven, yes. Rising cost of food in the Near East played a major role in the Arab Spring. I fear even those revolutions which produced a more democratic and secular government will not see this controlled. Global warming effects such as lower crop yields will affect more and more of what we do, in all arenas.

  • escuerd

    theguy @4,

    Same here, haha.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    “To the batshit cave, Batman”

    This phrase just made my day.

    But wasn’t “to the batcave” Batman’s line? It should be “To the batshit cave, Robin!”

  • grumpyoldfart

    Isn’t it funny how the conspiracy theorists always discover the problem the the day after it has happened and never the day before. It almost seems like they are making things up as they go along.

  • matty1:

    That’s just what Soros wants you to think!

  • Robert B.

    Ed, I think you wrote “Israel” when you meant “Egypt.”

  • yoav

    I’m surprised their heads haven’t been exploding trying to decide who’s the representative of Satan in Egypt, George Soros and “liberal and left-wing parties” or their old favorite for the job, the muslim brotherhood.

  • kermit.

    yoav – Well, they can’t be fighting each other, since both hate Jesus and America and our freedom, and therefore they are allies. Perhaps they are faking it. You watch, pretty soon the pals of Soros will be asking us for money.They will, of course, claim that the money is for something else, but we know that it will be for this false flag “revolution” in Egypt. It’s all Agenda 21, baby, all Agenda 21.

  • JustaTech

    Raven @2: I didn’t realize that they had to import wheat. There was a time (about a millenia, about a millenia ago) when Egypt was the bread basket of the whole Med. Climate change sure is a PITA.